I love art , I always admire people who can paint, draw, carve, sculpt, mould, do graphic design and take pictures really well. As a kid I always wanted to put art on my clothing and on my skin.
I used to draw on my skin with pens and markers. I started drawing Chinese characters on my skin when I was learning chinese but later learnt that it could harm my skin.
Even after I was told that
the inks can be harmful to my skin I continued, then took a break. I eventually got a tattoo to satisfy the urge of skin art.
Then recenly I started to draw on my skin again. In order to earn an income
and fulfill my dream to publish my English Chinese book I decided to learn how to screen print and sell T-Shirts.
As a result of lack of experience I made the following errors.
1. I did not read a textbook about Screen Printing.
2. I did not watch or observe screen printers working at a printery.
3. I rushed in with too much anxiety.
4. I did not do research on inks, materials, prices, equipment and T- shirts.
5. I did not mix the emulsion properly.
6. I did not use newspapers or cover my floor, resulting in dried emulsion stains on my floor.
7. I did not wear gloves while mixing emulsion, causing temporarily yellow hands.
8. I did not use a scoop coater to apply the emulsion to the screen.
9. I used silk instead of the recommended mesh to make the screens.
10. When I finally used mesh to make the screens, the mesh was too loose.
11. I selected the wrong mesh count for the job.
12. At one point I used foam stencils instead of vinyl or silk screen.
13. I did not properly coat the screens with emulsion.
14. After applying the emulsion I did not put the screen to lie face down to dry.
15. I applied too much emulsion to the screen.
16. I did not apply enough emulsion to the screen.
17. I did not use a glass to hold image onto screen while using sunlight for exposure.
18. At one point the glass I got was too short and too thin.
19. I got fish eyes on my screen.
20. I left the screen in the sunlight for a long period of time.
21. I did not allow the screen to remain in the sunlight long enough.
22. The image I printed on the film or paper was not sharp or black enough.
23. I thought that only film could be used for exposure and went all over the place sourcing it.
24. When I learnt the oil technique, too much oil went onto the screen.
25. I tried to use a regular house bulb for exposure when I couldn't get a 250 or 500 watt UV.
26. Bought supplies from an expensive store with 5 days return policy.
27. Didn't use heat gun or conveyor dryer to cure plastisol inks.
28. Did not use a squeegee while screen printing.
29. Didn't buy proper T-shirts.
30. Used expensive T-shirts to practice on.
31. I thought I had to use a power washer to wash screens.
32. I over-washed the screens.
33. Sometimes I didn't wash the screens properly to remove inks.
34. I didn't allow the emulsion to dry properly before exposing screens.
35. Left screen exposed to UV light unattended.
36. Didn't use a sturdy T-Shirt platen.
37. Didn't use a proper T-Shirt printing press.
Inadequate amount of pressure applied to screen while using a squeegee.
39. Insufficient ink on screen.
40. Allowed water ink
to dry on screen, clogging the screen.
41. Selecting the wrong
white ink for the job.
42. Not learning about discharge inks
and their advantages.
43. Ink washed off garment.
44. Not properly covering discrepancies on the screen.
45. Not taping off screens to prevent ink from running under while washing.
46. Not purchasing proper plastisol ink remover.
47. Did't wash or degrease screens before coating with emulsion.
48. I did not make a white base when using plastisol or waterbase inks on coloured
49. I did not ask for help from an expert.
50. I did not align the Tshirts properly on the Tshirt platen.